Delta Dental of Kentucky created the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation to support its mission of ensuring every Kentuckian has a healthy and happy smile.  Every year, through the Foundation, Delta Dental of Kentucky reaffirms its commitment to support programs and services that improve the oral health and quality of life of citizens across the Commonwealth. Since 2015, more than $17 million has been donated to various projects and non-profit organizations in Kentucky.  The Foundation directs at least 70% of its dollars each year directly to dental treatment and oral health education.



If you meet Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation funding requirements, we invite you to apply for grant funds. 

2023 grant applications are now closed. 2024 grant applications will be accepted beginning July 2023. View our Grants and Funding tab for a complete list of funding requirements.



The Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation has began using a new grant application platform as of August 15, 2022. Applications for the 2024 grant funding cycle will not be accepted through the site.

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Dental Treatment & Oral Healthcare Education

70% of our funds are committed to dental treatment and oral healthcare education. We support more than 25 Dental Clinics throughout the Commonwealth.

Community Support Programs

30% of our funds are committed to Kentucky's Non-profits providing general community support such as arts education, cancer research, and individual and family services.

Kentucky ranks as one of the poorest states for oral health in the United States.1  The Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation is committed to building partnerships with organizations that provide dental care and oral health education to citizens throughout the Commonwealth, specifically those who are most at-risk and in need. In addition, our programs contribute to organizations that provide community support for Kentucky.


In 2021, Delta Dental of Kentucky's non-profit dental clinic partners provided the following services to Kentucky's most vulnerable populations. Services were provided at low-cost, no-cost, or based on income.


We are honored to support more than 22 Dental Clinics across Kentucky in 2022. Their passion to help those in need has a positive impact on thousands of Kentuckians in need each year. We appreciate all of their hard work and giving their wonderful patients a healthy and happy smile!



2024 Funding Priorities

Delta Dental’s core purpose is the advancement of oral health care for Kentuckians through our dental benefits programs and philanthropic efforts. In keeping with our corporate mission, we give preference to organizations and initiatives that focus on the improvement of oral health.

Grant Cycle Timeline

Requests are accepted beginning July 2023. Notifications will be sent to all applicants in December 2023.

Grant Recipient Requirements

New and current grant recipients must complete a service value worksheet and grant report upon completion of their project or once grant funds are spent (Delta Dental will supply reporting forms). Reports are due by February 28th of the following funding year.

Recipients must work with Delta Dental of Kentucky to promote grant partnerships through media opportunities, organization materials, social media, etc.

Applicant Requirements

In order to apply for funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • The organization must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or working for community benefit)
  • Applicants must service or benefit individuals and communities within the state of Kentucky
  • The proposal clearly advances oral health care in Kentucky.
  • The following organizations are specifically excluded from receiving grants:
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that discriminate by race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or national origin
    • Political activities, organizations, or campaigns
    • Loans
    • Projects developed for commercial or proprietary purposes
    • Past grantees that have failed to provide charitable contribution surveys or other requested documentation

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All grantees are required to complete the necessary reporting documents. 2022 grantee reports are due by February 28, 2023. Please email completed reports to  

All required reporting documents will be mailed to grantees by December 31, 2022.


Delta Dental of Kentucky’s mobile dental unit program, Smiles Across the Commonwealth, provides no-cost dental services to under-served communities across Kentucky. This mobile dental unit is available to any Kentucky non-profit to provide basic dental services to those in need. Any licensed dental volunteer is welcome aboard to provide services.

In need of dental volunteers for your event? We can help!

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